blended learning

Turning Teacher-Student Roles Upside Down

Upside Down Academy By Chris Thompson It’s a typical school day in Oakland, Calif., and Aaliyah is about to show how to solve two-step equations. Circling the three numbers in the equation 4x + 10 = 30, she says, “So one, two, three? Is a hater. They’re like haters… We trying to get rid of … Continue reading Turning Teacher-Student Roles Upside Down →

What’s Blended Learning? Ask Salman Khan

Salman Khan has made a name for himself for producing bite-sized videos that explain everything from fair value accounting to how the Hawaiian Islands were formed on the free online Khan Academy. Here, Khan uses his trademark “chalkboard” sketching approach to explain how the idea of blended learning — combining technology like online videos and … Continue reading What’s Blended Learning? Ask Salman Khan →

Combining Computer Games with Classroom Teaching

Rocketship Education, the Bay Area network of charter schools, is poised to grow big and bold in the next few years. Hinging its success on its own brand of hybrid learning — combining online and teacher-guided instruction in a tightly engineered school day — the charter network will grow from five schools open now to … Continue reading Combining Computer Games with Classroom Teaching →

Move Over, Sal Khan: Sixth-Graders Create Their Own Math Videos!

Eric Marcos is a sixth-grade math teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, California. But his kids stay after school, spend hours on their homework, and accompany him to education conferences (and even sometimes lead his presentations). None of Marcos’ students are doing this for extra credit. They’re simply learning a lot about math … Continue reading Move Over, Sal Khan: Sixth-Graders Create Their Own Math Videos! →

Can Learning Really Be Fun and Games?

For those wondering what a game-based classroom looks like in a traditional school, take a peek into Ananth Pai’s third-grade class in Parkview/Center Point Elementary school in Maplewood, Minnesota. Using his own money and grants that he applied for, Pai has managed to round up seven laptops, two desktops 11 Nintendo DS’s, 18 games for … Continue reading Can Learning Really Be Fun and Games? →

Hybrid Learning Comes to Life at Rocketship

Sintia Marquez in Rocketship’s Learning Lab, where she uses adapative technology that moves at her level. When it comes to a student’s education, expectation is everything. What parents and educators expect from each student, and what she expects from herself, has a tremendous effect on how a student fares in school. For Sintia Marquez, a … Continue reading Hybrid Learning Comes to Life at Rocketship →

Who’s Best Suited to Teach and Learn in Virtual Schools?

Online learning is not easy, says Maureen Cottrell, a science teacher at iHigh Virtual Academy, a fully-accredited virtual public high school in San Diego, California. “Many students fully expect it to be easy and then bomb out.” Cottrell, who’s been teaching for a decade, has spent the last two years at iHigh, the first completely … Continue reading Who’s Best Suited to Teach and Learn in Virtual Schools? →

Open Source: A New Paradigm for Language Learning

“Humans tend to use new technology in the same way they used the old technology,” says Cleve Miller, founder and managing director of English360, an online learning and open source model for English language teachers. “The first television broadcasts were of a man in an armchair with a microphone — exactly like the radio! It … Continue reading Open Source: A New Paradigm for Language Learning →

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